Do the exercises and learn the words for some accessories.


Language level

Pre-intermediate: A2


Hello budiwibowo,

'Bag' is a very general word which can be used for almost anything we use for carrying small items, from a paper bag in a shop to a large suitcase we take on holiday. If you do an image search for 'bag' you'll see that the pictures are quite varied.

'Rucksack' is more specific. This is a bag which we carry on our backs with two straps which go around our arms and shoulders. If you do an image search for 'rucksack' you'll see that the pictures show very similar things.



The LearnEnglish Team

oh Thank you for explaining.

In my life I use all of these accessories except glasses for vision. Now I use contact lenses and sunglasses only.

I have a rucksack it's not special for me but it is useful for me. I have an earring looks cool.

Hi Guys,
I haven't done for me a accessories. maybe there aren't any special friends around me.ı Have been self contain a human.I don't care anyone without my familys. I don't believe friendship anytime.I don't like give and take gift. I think Just real smile enaough for me. I want to be sincere fersh people too me

I have a few questions. Could you help me please

What is the meaning of back in this sentence:
The president is going to decide today whether to back air strikes in (Name of country)

What is the difference (in meaning) between these two sentences:

I wouldn't have met my friend if I'd been living abroad

I wouldn't have met my friend if I'd lived abroad

Hello Marwa.Mohamed,

'Back' as a verb can mean 'support' and that is the meaning in your example.


Both of the conditional sentences are correct. The first of them (I'd been living) makes it clear that you are referring to a particular time and can be thought of as meaning 'if I'd been living abroad at that time'.

The second sentence does not make this clear and could be referring to living abroad in general, though this particular example would not be understood that way.

If you change the vocabulary a little then the difference is clearer:

I would have been happy if I'd been living abroad. [being in a different country would have made me happy]

I would have been happy if I'd lived abroad. [having this experience would have made me happy]



The LearnEnglish Team

These types of words always keep me too puzzling. Like here 'back' in the sentence means 'support', but from the first reading I got the meaning that president is going to decide to take back (stop) the air strike. Do you have any solution to recognize such confusions?

Hello arjun29542,

The first thing to keep in mind is that words in English can have multiple meanings. Depending on the context, for example, the word 'bank' can be a place where we keep our money, the side of a river or the action of a place when it wants to turn right or left.

As well as this, English has a group of verbs called multi-word verbs which are made up of more than one part. When we use 'back' as a main verb by itself it means 'support'. When it is part of a multi-word verb such as 'take back' there is a different meaning. I'm afraid these just have to be memorised, just as with any items of vocabulary.

You can read more about multi-word verbs on this page and this page.



The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Peter,
Thank you for the beautiful explanation. You've provided insightful explanation. I am so happy to find your informative comments. I got that "multi-words" verbs and "single word" verbs are creating confusion within me.